The University of Queensland Pipe Band at Emmanuel College has been entertaining crowds for over 15 years – but the veterans of concert and competition are still as fresh and enthusiastic as the day they first played together.
Maintaining an excellent standard of playing at all times, the band represents the University and is well known not only throughout South East Queensland, but more recently, Australia-wide.
With around 25 members, the band features 15 pipers and around 10 drummers. Band membership is open to all members of the university and college as well as musicians from the wider Brisbane community.
The band’s broad repertoire stretches from the haunting Amazing Grace and Highland Cathedral, to the rousing favourites of Scotland the Brave, Cock of the North and One Hundred Pipers. Additionally, the band’s range of music also includes Aussie tunes such as Waltzing Matilda and Road to Gundagai, through to the strathspeys, reels and jigs of Scotland and Ireland.
With a broad musical style, talent, commitment and hard work, the band has achieved significant milestones since its members first took up pipes and drums together over a decade ago. They proudly represent the university and college in major annual events such as ANZAC Day, St Patrick’s Day and Tartan Day.
The band has made high-profile appearances including the SBS documentary Singapore 1942 End of Empire, the Andre Rieu Stadium Spectacular and the University of Queensland’s Courting the Greats gala dinner. The band also has a permanent relationship with the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital in Brisbane.
Under the patronage of Emmanuel College Principal, Professor Stewart Gill, the band continues to develop and flourish.